We had some excellent entries to our list
of politicians who started out in student politics yesterday but no-one
gets near the most capable of the remaining Democrat senators whose
citation reads as follows:

Andrew Murray: the Democrat
senator for WA was a member of Rhodes University (South Africa) SRC in
1967 and 1968. Vice President of the National Union of South African
Students (NUSAS) 1968. Deported back to Rhodesia late 1968 as a result
of his anti-apartheid activities.

Other big names who rose to
the top of their universities include Malcolm Turnbull, Julia Gillard,
Kim Beazley and even Robert Menzies.

The list
of politicians who started out in local government is also really
getting some momentum now, with more than 120 entries, and we’re starting
a new one looking at those who did the reverse. Here are six names to
kick it off, but we acknowledge that some of them started in local
government, then rose to state level before returning for a second
crack in division three:

Going backwards into local government:

Ivan Dean: the Windermere MLC in the Tasmanian Parliament was last year also elected Mayor of Launceston

Peter Macdonald: the former Manly independent in the state parliament is now Manly mayor

Clover Moore: from independent member for Bligh in the NSW Parliament to Sydney Lord Mayor

George Pacuilo: from the NSW Parliament to Labor’s Mayor of Liverpool

Ivan Petch: State member for Gladesville, defeated in 1995 by John Watkins, later became mayor of Ryde

Wayne Philips: former state Liberal MLA from Eltham in the Victorian parliament and now Mayor of Banyule City Council.

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